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We Can’t Afford to Wait Any Longer- The Department of Labor Needs its Solicitor General

Posted by Rachel Peck, Fellow | Posted on: November 12, 2009 at 09:22 pm

by Rachel Peck, Fellow, 
National Women's Law Center 

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Female Judges on the Rise in Pennsylvania

Posted by Rachel Peck, Fellow | Posted on: November 11, 2009 at 06:07 pm

by Rachel Peck, Fellow, 
National Women's Law Center 

Women have been long underrepresented in the judiciary.  While women now make up half of all law school classes, outside of law school, the number of women serving as judges is sorely lacking.  The Supreme Court has only two women among its members and only 28% of Federal Appeals Court justices are women.On the state level, only 26% of state court judges are women. 

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NWLC Receives 2009 Race and Gender Equity Hot Schott Award

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment | Posted on: November 11, 2009 at 12:07 am

by Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment,
National Women’s Law Center 

We are pleased to announce that the National Women’s Law Center received the 2009 Race and Gender Equity Hot Schott Award with our partner, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, for our collaboration in researching and writing Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation.

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Tell Your Senators to Improve the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Posted by Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning | Posted on: November 10, 2009 at 10:40 pm

by Helen Blank, Director, Leadership and Public Policy
National Women's Law Center

Last week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced legislation that would improve young children’s access to nutritious meals in child care centers, family child care homes, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

With your help, we can gain support for the Access to Nutritious Meals for Young Children Act of 2009 (S. 2749).

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Abortion and Health Care Reform: How The House Bill Forces Women to Accept Less Coverage Than They Already Have

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: November 10, 2009 at 05:34 pm

by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights, 
National Women's Law Center 


Last week it seemed that a compromise had been reached between abortion rights supporters and opponents. The compromise was based on the idea that health reform is so important that no one would try to use a single controversial issue as an excuse to bring the whole thing down. So, language was drafted that would sustain the status quo on abortion; no federal funding, but people could still use their own money to buy insurance that would cover them. But just hours before the final vote on the House reform bill, anti-abortion Democrats threatened that unless they got new restrictions on abortion rights they would vote against health reform. Here’s the breakdown:


The compromise: Under the language currently in the Senate Finance Committee’s bill and formerly in the House bill, no federal funding would be used for abortions. Under this provision, called the Capps Amendment, all insurance plans in the exchange would have to keep the money from private premiums and the money from government subsidies separate. Only money from private premiums would be allowed to pay for abortions covered under the plans. This is how current law on abortion works; for example, under Medicaid, federal funds are not allowed to be used for abortions, but some states provide funding by separating their state funds from the federal funds. Republican Senator Collins said that the compromise provision “did a good job of putting up a firewall that would prevent federal funds from being used to finance abortions." Under the compromise, at least one plan in the exchange would cover abortion services and at least one plan would not cover abortions services, giving every American the option of what type of plan she would like to purchase while ensuring that no federal funding would be used to cover abortions.

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Abortion in health reform - how did your Representative vote?

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: November 09, 2009 at 09:56 pm

by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights, 
National Women's Law Center 

Over the weekend, men got further than ever in their journey toward affordable, accessible, and comprehensive health care.

Women? Not so much.

Anti-choice Members of Congress rolled back the clock on coverage of abortion services that millions of women currently have.  

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